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Tulip Fever (2017)

Internet critics have exaggerated: Tulip Fever is not a lifeless flop. It is imperfect, occasionally uncomfortable, but not disastrous. Although the film does not reach its full potential, its qualities, which consist of that potential,…

Starred Up (2013)

Rough father-son bonding in an English prison: a breakthrough for director and star "Starred up" denotes the British prison practice of introducing some particularly hard youthful cases into adult prison before they're 21. Eric Love…

Unbroken (2014)

Hit me over the head again, please Again the fledgling director Angelina Jolie has made a film that's powerful, unflinching, and hard to watch, like her 2011 feature debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Few saw that one. Many more will…

LFF 2014: ’71 (2014)

If you ask what ‘The Troubles’ refers to, it is likely that not many people would have heard of it or know what it relates to.  But the cinematic debut from Top Boy director Yann Demange highlights this historical conflict in Northern…

Starred Up (2013)

Confidently evoking and eschewing British prison drama cliché, David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a fascinating exploration of physical performance and aggression, his actors wielding their bodies like sculpted and emotive weapons - gladiators…

The Liability (2012)

The Hit is a 1984 British crime drama featuring Tim Roth's debut movie performance, playing a hot headed accomplice to John Hurt's world weary hitman. Now, nearly thirty years later, Roth's debut role is reversed in another British crime…

Tower Block (2012)

The remaining inhabitants of a bleak and run-down tower block live sheltered lives on the top floor of the condemned building. After a fifteen year old boy is beaten to death in the corridor, they choose to turn a blind eye and refuse to…

Weekender (2011)

Based around the early days of the rave scene, it’s not surprising to find that the blend of energy, great music, Manchester (for the most part) setting and great characters in Weekender brings to mind the modern classic, 24 Hour Party…